Greetings EMBA Alumni
What a great month — we took our first-year students from the Class of 2014 to Washington, D.C., and we’re gearing up to take our graduating Class of 2013 to Taipei and Beijing in just a few days!
- Upcoming Alumni Events
- Donation by Adam Vishinsky (EMBA 2003) and his wife, Anna
- From the Desk of Dr. Springate
- Class Snapshots
- Upcoming Recruiting Events
- Past Events
- UT Dallas Executive MBA Alumni Council
Gain beneficial new connections and reconnect with former classmates. Hope to see you!
Thursday, April 11, PowerGrid, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
CBRE, 2100 McKinney Avenue, Seventh Floor, Dallas, TX (Weather permitting, we’ll be on the patio overlooking Klyde Warren Park). Co-hosted by Chris Abernathy (MS 1981), senior finance manager.
Wednesday, April 24, Emerging Women Leaders, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Executive Dining Room, JSOM
Join us for a real treat — one of our very own alumna, Terri Maxwell (2004), will speak about the new book that she recently co-wrote with classmate Tim Houlne (2004).The New World of Work: From the Cube to the Cloud (Inspire on Purpose Books, 2013) includes predictions about the virtual workforce. The game-changing book reveals secrets for attracting the best talent, as well as suggestions for transforming your own career trajectory.
For those who embrace The New World of Work comes the opportunity to succeed in a world with “no boundaries, no buildings and no fear.” You will be able to buy the book and have Terri personalize it for you.
Saturday, April 27, “Healthcare and the CFO,” 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Room 1.508, JSOM
Sharon Ellis, CFO of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, will discuss the role of the CFO and the impacts of the changing healthcare environment.
This event is free, but limited to the first 20 alumni. Afterward, we invite all alumni to join us for a happy hour with the Class of 2013 and Class of 2014 in the atrium. Whether you join us for the lecture or just the happy hour, please RSVP with Connie Imhof.
Saturday, May 4, Special Session! Financial Crisis by Dr. Daniel Arce, 1 – 4 p.m.
Room 1.110, JSOM
Join us for insight into the financial crisis as researched by Dr. Daniel Arce. Dr. Arce is teaching business economics to the Executive MBA Class of 2014. Professor and program head of economics, he is a faculty member in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas.
Please join us for an enlightening afternoon with Dr. Arce followed by a happy hour with the Class of 2013 and Class of 2014. Please RSVP to Teresa Kruse.
I’m interested in your suggestions for educational, networking and social events you would like attend in 2013. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-883-4235 to share your ideas.
Adam Vishinsky (EMBA 2003) and his wife, Anna, donated a beautiful piece of artwork to JSOM in recognition of Adam’s 10-year EMBA class anniversary. Adam had this artwork commissioned by his friend, Maria Wojtiuk, an artist in Poland.
Adam and Anna visited campus in March and presented the in-kind gift to Dr. Diane McNulty, Associate Dean Jerry Hoag, Dr. David Springate and me. The “Golden Fairy” sculpture made of wood and brass will hang in the executive education lounge.
Management Education and Our Changing World
In considering how the world and business have changed over the last 10 years or so, I came up with the following list of three major dimensions. First, reduction in response time and speed of change now dominate business thinking in a way that is very different. We expect to be informed of changes in competitive position, in the economic landscape and in the thinking of our colleagues almost instantaneously. Further, we expect to see responsive changes in our business operations or strategy implemented, or at least considered, almost reflexively. Systems are set up to be dynamic. The day of the five-year plan and the annual budget cycle have been largely eclipsed. This is not just an issue of communications and data networks being so much more pervasive and efficient — which they are — but there has been a sea change in thinking. Speed of response trumps return-on-investment analysis in many situations. The mantra has often become, “Ready; fire; aim — we’ll adjust later.”
Second, globalization is ubiquitous. Whether it be supply chains, centers of excellence, customer services, markets or financial resources, global considerations dominate the business scene. No-one needs this point belabored. The reality affects our workforce and our national competitive advantage in profound ways. It’s not that we don’t know we are affected by international considerations; the question is how are we affected and how best to adapt.
Third, a debate to redefine the respective responsibilities of business and government while allowing for national differences is going on virtually everywhere. The recent debt crisis, the subsequent recession and the attempts, sometimes successful, to recover economically, have served to initiate discussions on the roles and limits of government power and on the contemporary responsibilities of individuals and corporations. I expect these debates to continue for some time.
Given all the above, what are the imperatives for executive education in an academic setting? I believe the answer is twofold. First, educators should “flip the classroom,” the currently accepted phrase for an approach that recognizes that students know the basics (in this case, the realities) before they show up in class. While elaboration of realities and facts is always appropriate, discussion and consideration of implications is the overriding need in face-to-face classes. Second, we should all keep in mind the fundamental aim of education — to liberate the mind and to enhance its powers of reason. In other words, the primary goal should be the promotion of informed-judgment skills and abilities. Consideration and use of subject-matter frameworks and models are perfectly consonant with both these recommendations. The education community is not known for its speed of change. Like the legal system, it is often running to catch up.
Each month, I’ll give you a snapshot of what each class is doing.
The Class of 2013
Takaski Nishizaki passed the Springate Cup to David Turano, as well as a copy of Leadership by Choice, by Eric Papp. In April, David will pass the cup to the Class of 2014.
The Class of 2014
The Class of 2014, Dr. McNulty, Dr. Springate, Connie Imhof and I left for Washington, D.C., on St. Patrick’s Day. We visited with several lobbyists, the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission, the National League of Cities, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security. Bill Nichols, the managing editor of Politico, spoke to us during lunch at the National Press Club.
We incorporated social media into our trip for the first time. You can see our blogs and pictures on our UT Dallas Executive MBA Facebook page.
A hearty thank you to Dr. McNulty for her efforts in planning a great trip experience!
Please talk to prospective students and encourage them to join us at upcoming recruiting events. We’d love to have you join us, too.
Saturday, April 13, Jindal School of Management (JSOM) MBA Open House, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, Lunch Info Session, Noon
ESPN Studio, 400 East Las Colinas Boulevard, Suite 1033, Irving, TX 75039
Saturday, April 27, Info Session – 10:30 a.m.
JSOM, Room 1.110
Tuesday, April 30, Coffee with the Director, 7 a.m.
Starbucks, SW Corner of Campbell Road and U.S. 75, Richardson, TX
Tuesday, April 30, DFW Joint Info Session –6:00 p.m.
McDermott Suite, Fourth Floor, McDermott Library, UT Dallas
Do you know a talented functional leader who has C-suite potential and would be interested in the EMBA Class of 2015? Please have them contact me at email@example.com or 972-883-4235 or Connie Imhof at 972-883-5983, firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Friday, March 1, Texas Legends, 6 p.m.
Dr. Pepper Arena, 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco, TX
Many thanks to Michelle Miller (MS 2005), JSOM director of corporate relations, for bringing a prospective student.
March 7, Info Lunch Session
Brio Restaurant, Allen, TX
Dr. Springate joined Connie and me at this lunch session with five prospective students. Thanks to Mark Holub (2004) for joining us and sharing his insights with these prospective students.
March 7, PowerGrid
Rooftop Event Spot, 1000 East 14th Street, Suite 400, Plano, TX 75074
PowerGrid was held at the Rooftop Event Spot in downtown Plano. We had a number of EMBA alumni attending, including Bob Jacoby (2008), Cathy Benjamin (2012), Grace Crane (2012), Todd Senick (2012), and Ravi Ramakrishnan (2011). Delicious appetizers were provided by Urban Rio.
March 16, Info Session
Room 1.110, JSOM
Many thanks to RoseMary Aguillar (2002) and Charles Gills (2004) for sharing their experiences with our prospective students.
“Like us,” “follow us,” “connect with us,” “friend us” — whatever your favorite platform is, stay connected in real time. Track us throughout our journey to Taipei and Beijing!
Join the UT Dallas Executive MBA Alumni Council group on LinkedIn.
We now have two ways to connect with EMBA on Facebook. The first is a “group” dedicated to our EMBA alumni that was set up by the former “The Arc” and transitioned to the UT Dallas Executive MBA Council. Join the group and track upcoming events and other postings.
The second way to connect is a public EMBA page for prospective students, students and alumni. We are sharing upcoming events and trip blogs, highlighting professors and touting student achievements. “Like” us and stay connected!
We have begun to putting short posts on Twitter. Connect with us at www.twitter.com/utdemba.
Check out our UT Dallas Alumni Connections Web page.
I’m looking forward to your feedback from our blogs from Taipei and Beijing.
Pamela Foster Brady
Director, Executive MBA
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